London – Facing Reading in the FA Cup semi-final, Arsenal become more favored teams. Arsenal defender Per Mertesacker, said that his team had mentally strong enough to cope with the pressure of being the favorite.
Reading will be against Arsenal in the FA Cup semi-final round. The match between the two teams will be held at Wembley Stadium, Saturday (04/18/2015) night.
Facing a team from the second division championship or caste of the Premier League, Arsenal clearly more favored to qualify. Moreover, the Gunners are red-hot after a record eight consecutive wins in the Premier League.
Of its status as a favorite, Arsenal certainly under pressure greater than his opponent. However, Mertesacker is optimistic his team can escape from the pressure.
“It will be their biggest game of the season, so be mentally prepared to be difficult, not only to match their physical and mental strength, but to do more, tune since the beginning,” Mertesacker said as quoted by the official club website.
“We have to show respect to them but no fear of pressure. The series victory a little help us but the competition is clearly different.”
“This is the best competition I’ve ever played as many big teams trouble. But I do not want trouble. I would like to repeat the success. That is my real target so make sure we are on the same level and do more than our opponents.”
“We also need a special appearance on Saturday to release the pressure,” said German defender